Curve Theatre, Leicester and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present RUFUS HOUND, JASPER BRITTON and DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS in
What the Butler Saw
by Joe Orton, directed by Nikolai Foster
27 March - 1 April 2017
Dr. Prentice, a sex-obsessed psychiatrist, is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary but is frustrated by the arrival of his nymphomaniac wife, an over-enthusiastic hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman. His clinic becomes a bedlam of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, dropped trousers and heightened libidos as the true traditions of classic farce are spiked with Joe Orton's unmistakeable subversive glee.
This brand new production, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Orton's death at the age of 34. An inspired comic masterpiece, it remains as fresh and audacious today as when it was originally produced in 1969.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound plays Dr. Prentice. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sancho Panza in the RSC's Don Quixote and Mr. Toad in Julian Fellowes' new version of The Wind in The Willows.
Jasper Britton, whose recent credits include The Libertine, Richard III, The Jew of Malta and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the RSC, plays Government Inspector Dr. Rance.
Geraldine is played by Dakota Blue Richards. Currently starring in ITV's Endeavour, her other credits include Lyra in the film of The Golden Compass.
Catherine Russell (Holby City, Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason) plays Dr. Prentice's wife. The cast also includes Jack Holden as Nicholas Beckett and Ravi Aujla as Sergeant Match.
Photos: Catherine Ashmore
ReviewsBack to top
The ensemble’s sheer abandon to the maniacal plot is infectious ... one of the most daring, confounding and utterly hilarious pieces of theatre ever cooked up! - Swindon Advertiser
If you enjoy rapid fire, witty, dialogue and farce then you’ll love this ... rattles along at a tremendous pace maintained by the faultless cast and superb white set - Listomania, Bath
Two hours have surely never passed with such speed, dynamism and pure craftsmanship. This is British theatre at its very best, and you only have a few days left to catch it at Bath - Fine Times Recorder
The darkest of dark comedies, staged with panache, wit and comic precision - The Stage
Deliciously funny - Whatsonstage.com
CastBack to top
GERALDINE BARCLAY - Dakota Blue Richards
DR. PRENTICE - Rufus Hound
NICHOLAS BECKETT - Jack Holden
SERGEANT MATCH - Ravi Aujla
MRS. PRENTICE - Catherine Russell
DR. RANCE - Jasper Britton
InfoBack to top
Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours, including interval
Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
Sat eve: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
Wed mat: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00
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